1. Britain moves to ban Pakistani Taliban
    LONDON – Britain has moved to ban the Pakistani Taliban as a terrorist group, making it illegal to belong to or raise funds for the organisation in Britain, the government said on Tuesday.
  2. Zardari seeks UN help in curbing extremism
    ABU DHABI — Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday made a passionate plea to the UN to work out special plans for promoting cultural and religious harmony across faiths and geographical divides the world over.
  3. Iran bans production of Valentine’s Day gifts
    TEHRAN – Iran has banned the production of Valentine’s Day gifts and any promotion of the day celebrating romantic love to combat what it sees as a spread of Western culture, Iranian media reported.
  4. Spanish court suspends town’s burka ban
    A SPANISH court suspended a town’s ban on wearing the burqa following protests from a Muslim rights association.
  5. Iraq’s security berated after 52 die in bombing
    BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber killed 52 people among a crowd of police recruits in Saddam Hussein’s hometown Tuesday, shattering a two-month lull in major attacks and spurring calls to keep the U.S. military in Iraq beyond 2011.
  6. Jordan opposition demands parliament dissolution
    AMMAN — Jordan’s main opposition Islamic Action Front demanded on Tuesday the dissolution of parliament and removal of Samir Rifai’s government on allegations of “fraud” in November elections.
  7. Tunisia’s new government in trouble
    Within a day of forming a “unity government”, four ministers resign and the PM and president quit the ruling party.
  8. Pakistan: Strong earthquake hits south-west
    A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 has hit south-western Pakistan, in a desert area bordering Iran and Afghanistan, the US Geological Survey says.
  9. Arab leaders pledge $2B to revamp economies
    Arab leaders are pledging $2 billion to revamp the faltering economies in the region amid fears of protests over high unemployment, rising prices and rampant corruption.